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  • We Say Goodbye to Instructor Karen Smith

    || 28-Aug-2015

    CSI Academy of Florida is sad to announce that instructor Karen Smith will be leaving us. Karen has made the difficult decision to leave our staff, in order to pursue her PhD. Her passion has always been academia and she will set aside teaching to once again be a student. Karen was incredibly knowledgeable and skilled in what she brought to our staff. She was a huge asset to our team and will be ...
  • How to Attain a Crime Scene Analyst Certification in Florida

    || 14-Aug-2015

    In order to receive certification in crime scene analysis, an individual must have an extensive understanding of numerous topics regarding crime scenes. A certain level of intellect and technique is required for this career, which is why the industry has established qualifying factors that each individual is mandated to meet. In order to become a certified crime scene analyst in Florida, one must ...
  • Our Managing Partners Donate $1,500 to Help Children in Need

    || 24-Jul-2015

    CSI Academy of Florida’s managing partners, Tom and Phyllis Sperring and Robert Rush recently assisted the Gainesville Police Department's Operation Backpack—a charity event established to help local kids. The Sperrings and Mr. Rush donated $1,500 to the cause and are happy to play a role in something that will impact the lives of so many children in need throughout the Greater ...
  • How to Attain a Crime Scene Investigative Certificate in Florida

    || 17-Jul-2015

    Crime scene investigation is a complex career that requires an individual to have an extensive knowledge base and an understanding in a number of topics. A crime scene investigator must apply scientific methods and techniques within the constructs of the law system to examine crime scenes and evidence. Because of the high caliber of intellect needed for this career, the industry has set high ...
  • Instructor Focus: Marc Trahan

    || 16-Jul-2015

    Greetings! My name is Marc Trahan. I am an instructor with the CSI Academy. For the last 30 years I have worked as a Police Officer for the Gainesville Police Department in Gainesville, Florida. The last 24 of those years were spent as a sworn Crime Scene Investigator in the Forensic Crime Unit. I retire from the Gainesville Police Department at the end of October 2015. Off duty I’m an ...
  • Students Complete Basic Bloodstain Analysis Course

    || 13-Jul-2015

    New alumni of the CSI Academy successfully completed 16 laboratory exercises for their certificates in Basic Bloodstain Pattern Analysis. Students spent the vast majority of time creating bloodstain patterns commonly found at violent crime events and learned how to reconstruct the possible cause using scientific principles. The next Basic Bloodstain Analysis course is scheduled for October 5-9, ...
  • David Thomas Talks with The Heat About Police & Community Tension

    || 26-Jun-2015

    With the media covering recent story after story about unarmed African American citizens killed by police officers, followed by an outcry for justice, it seems like there is still a serious need for a real solution to be implemented. Many believe that hiring more African Americans to serve on the police force can help to ease tensions between police officers and the communities they serve, but is ...
  • Our Own, David J. Thomas in GQ Magazine

    || 9-Jun-2015

    With the increased attention to psychological screening for police officers, GQ Magazine reached out to CSI Academy of Florida 's own, David J. Thomas for some insight into the mental health of those in the field. Mr. Thomas is a therapist, former cop, and provides counseling and therapy services to law enforcement officers. Read the full article here!
  • Alumni Focus - Lauren Nabut

    || 29-May-2015

    "During these past 6 short months working as a Crime Scene Investigator for the City of Miami Police Department, I have been exposed to so many different types of cases that I never would have imagined. Ever since I was a little girl, I was determined to practice law in my adult life... only until I chickened out from applying to Law School and instead was hired as a CSI from a pool of 675. I ...
  • The CSI Academy of Florida's tradition continues! Join us in Sacramento, CA on Monday, August 3 from 4-7pm at the opening reception and have a beer (or 2) and pretzel (or 2) with us! Raise your glass and celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the IAI! See you there! PROST!
  • The Real 'Dirt' In Forensic Science

    || 20-May-2015

    Dr. Lorna Dawson sees the value in something most of us find annoying; dirt on a person's shoes. By studying the differences in soil samples and using sophisticated laboratory analysis, Dr. Dawson has spent the past 30 years transforming the landscape of soil analysis and has closed cases that otherwise may have remained cold. Read the full article here!
  • Introduction to CSI Class Solves the Case!

    || 11-May-2015

    Our latest class of CSI alumni has successfully solved the mock homicide and the "grand jury" has indicted the suspect! If you want to test your skills and learn some new ones, our next Intro to CSI class will be held from November 2-6, 2015. Call today --seats are filling fast!
  • Instructor Focus: Amy Kinsey

    || 5-May-2015

    I first heard about the CSI Academy from Derek Schmidt, a fellow instructor and former coworker at the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. The idea he presented to me sounded amazing. A place where we, as instructors, could bring the students to the crime scene instead of just reading about the topic in a book and viewing someone else’s photographs. Talk about the ultimate hands on ...
  • Students from across the nation and as far away as the Cayman Islands will get their hands dirty and expand their crime scene knowledge starting this Monday, May 4. Preparations are well underway for this new group of alumni! The next Introduction to CSI class is scheduled for November 2-6, 2015 and it is filling up fast!
  • Scientists Successfully Separate The Dna Of Identical Twins

    || 29-Apr-2015

    Hollywood has long capitalized on the notion of identical twins committing "the perfect crime" and pinning the deed on one another, leaving DNA evidence as an empty lead. This week scientists in the UK have separated the DNA of identical twins using what they term 'mutation analysis'. Read more about this breakthrough research via this hyperlink: ...
  • University Of Florida Spring 2015 Crime Scene Laboratory Class

    || 17-Apr-2015

    Seven students from the University of Florida graduate program in Forensic Science completed the Crime Scene Laboratory course at the CSI Academy this week! 40 hours of lab work included scene searches and sketching, latent print development and recovery, trace evidence, anthropology/surface skeletal recovery procedures, bloodstain pattern analysis, DNA and shooting scene analysis. The course is a ...
  • Put Away Your Protein Shake-Drink Ashes Instead!

    || 24-Mar-2015

    Put Away Your Protein Shake—Drink Ashes Instead! New research has shown that Roman Gladiators consumed a drink made of the ashes of plants in order to supplement their diet of grains and beans. It was thought that consuming the ashes would promote bone healing, which this research has initially proven true with high levels of strontium in the bones of an unearthed Gladiator from the 2 nd or ...
  • CSI Academy to Offer a New Course This Fall!

    || 13-Mar-2015

    CSI Academy to Offer a New Course This Fall! The CSI Academy has been asked by FDIAI Region 3 Director Jon Wierzbowski to develop and present a one-day curriculum entitled “Examination, Documentation and Preservation of Bloodstain Patterns on Clothing” . This course will be taught on March 26, 2015 at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office in Bushnell, Florida. Call 813-315-3993 for ...
  • The Lyon Sisters Update: Sex offender admits being with the girls on the day of their disappearance Sheila and Katherine Lyon disappeared from Wheaton Plaza Mall in 1975. The Montgomery County, Maryland sisters were last seen on March 25, 1975 while eating pizza during their Spring Break. Both sisters were seen talking to an unidentified male and were never seen again. For 40 years, police have ...
  • Alumni Focus: Christina Pitrelli

    || 20-Feb-2015

    I grew up on Long Island, NY and moved to Florida in 2009 to go to Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. While attending FGCU, I joined Kappa Delta Sorority and held the position as secretary. I received a B.S. in Forensic Studies and Criminal Justice in May 2013. Now, I am currently a Crime Scene Technician at the Davie Police Department in South Florida. I plan on continuing my education ...
  • Instructor Focus: Derek Schmidt

    || 6-Feb-2015

    I’ve been on staff at CSI Academy of Florida since inception in late 2011 when I received a call from Danny Pascucci about starting a forensic training school in Alachua. I, like many of the staff, have been to a multitude of forensics courses and conferences and was excited at Danny’s vision for a truly “hands on” forensic training facility. I am equally excited on the ...
  • Nice write up in UF Health Magazine about CSI Academy of Florida and UF partnership. Sign ups for Crime Scene Laboratory via the UF graduate program is happening now. http://post.health.ufl.edu/2014/12/03/the-fingerprints-story/
  • FDIAI/GAIAI 2014 Annual Forensic Training Conference

    || 28-Oct-2014

    We are a gold sponsor at the FDIAI conference which is going on right now. This is an annual forensic training conference. Karen Smith, our director of forensic education, spoke on the subject of “Context Effects in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis” and she along with Marc Trahan and Dan Gerard, two more of our instructors are there on behalf of the CSI Academy. ...
  • The Chat, October 22, 2014

    || 22-Oct-2014

    Karen Smith discusses the Hannah Graham disappearance and the possible serial murders in Gary, Indiana. Link to The Chat
  • CSI Academy's Karen Smith featured on The Chat

    || 9-Oct-2014

    Director of Forensic Education Karen L. Smith was a featured guest on First Coast News’ show The Chat today, discussing the world of forensic science and some past cases. The Chat October 9, 2014